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Rotor for a line start permanent magnet machine

United States Patent

July 11, 2017
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A rotor comprises laminations with a plurality of rotor bar slots with an asymmetric arrangement about the rotor. The laminations also have magnet slots equiangularly spaced about the rotor. The magnet slots extend near to the rotor outer diameter and have permanent magnets disposed in the magnet slots creating magnetic poles. The magnet slots may be formed longer than the permanent magnets disposed in the magnets slots and define one or more magnet slot apertures. The permanent magnets define a number of poles and a pole pitch. The rotor bar slots are spaced from adjacent magnet slots by a distance that is at least 4% of the pole pitch. Conductive material is disposed in the rotor bar slots, and in some embodiments, may be disposed in the magnet slot apertures.
Melfi; Mike (Richfield, OH), Schiferl; Rich (Chagrin Falls, OH), Umans; Stephen (Belmont, MA)
13/ 329,814
December 19, 2011
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under agreement no. DE-FG36-08GO180132 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.